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Volume 10 Issue 7 - April 2005

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BAND Stand BY MERLIN WILLIAMS I'VE BEEN SPENDING a lot of time op Ryan High School in Hamilton thinking about websites lately. on Sunday April 24. Between keeping my own ·site and Here are several other concerts to a few others updated, I've been put on your calendar, including fairly busy· 1 frequently check several that commemorate the 60'h what's on the sites of concert bands Anniversary of VE Day· in Southern Ontario to see what's going on. Some °bands are really April 3 good at keeping their web presence --U of T at Scl\rborough (UTSC up to date ... and others are not. Concert Choirs & UTSC Wind One of things that I've learned Ensemble Year End Concert) is that people come back again and --York University Wind Symphony again to sites that keep their con- April 10 tent fresh. Whether it's making --Mississauga Pops Concert Band sure your concert schedule is cur- --Northdale Concert Band rent, or just adding pictures from --Conference of Independent your latest event, try to keep things School's Music Festival interesting for the people who take the time to look you up on the web. April 12 --Thornhill Community Band It's not a bad idea to have info on your next event right on the open- April 17, 23 & 24 ing page. Make sure you have --Wellington Winds good directions or links to maps April 22 of your concert venue. The easier ou make it for you r audience to . . . April 23 find you, the more hkely they are --Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra --Toronto Wind Orchestra to take the time to come and hear ,MQl u. --Markham Concert Band The Metropolitan Silver Band, --Burlington Concert Band/Big with Fran Harvey, Music Direc- Brant Swing Band tor, and the Northdale Concert • M ay 2 Band, with Stephen Chenette, . --Eas t y or k C oncer t B an d . M · 0. - us1c 1rector, are gomg to be honouring one of the pillars of May 6 & 7 Canadian music, Howard Cable, --Etobicoke Community Concert at a benefit concert to be held at Band Metropolitan United Church, at the corner of Queen and Church Streets (Queen Street subway station) on Sunday, May lst, 2005 at 2pm. The concert is a benefit in aid of Out of the Cold, which pro­ Woodwind doubler Merlin Wit­ vides meals and shelter to homeless people in Toronto during the winter months. Howard Cable, who turns 85 this year, will conduct one of his· compositions with the combined band, and several of his pieces will be featured on the program. Band Spectacular. The concert is titled The lntrada Brass, under the baton of Bram Gregson are also doing a fundraising concert, to benefit St. Stephen's Community House, at Grace Church on-the­ H ill on April 30. Tickets are and can be purchased through Denise Au, St. Stephen1s Community House, 416-925-2103, ext. 238. All proceeds go to St. Stephen's. And further afield, The Hamilton Concert Band & The Canadian Orpheus Male Choir are presenting "Family Favourites" at Bish- Please make sure you check the main listings section of this month's WholeNote to get complete information about these and many other concerts. Iiams is an Artist/Clinician for Jupiter Music Canada. If you would like an upcoming band event to be featured in the Bandstand column, contact Merlin by e-mail, merlinwilliams@sympatico. ea or phone 416-803-0275. Brass - Woodwind - String Instruments - Guitar Buy direct from the Distributor AUTHORIZED DliALER FOR: Armstrong, Artley, Besson, Benge Boosey & Hawkes, Buffet, Conn Getzen, Jupiter. Keilworth, King Ibanez Guitars, Scher! & Ruth String Inst. www.harknetonusic.com • JAzz Notes BY JIM GALLOWAY USUALLY WHEN I WRITE about upcoming events in and around Toronto, the topic is live music, but here's an April happening that is all about recorded music. April 22nd and 23rd will see the gathering of the 34th Annual Canadian Collectors' Congress. I'll refer to the flyer describing the event which explains that it is a conference specifically planned for record collectors, discographers and researchers interested in ragtime, vintage jazz, blues, gospel, hot dance music and Canadiana. The weekend kicks off with what is described as a rent party/open house at the address of one of the organisers, namely Gene Miller. Gene. is a serious collector of music, recordings and related memorabilia with a quite remarkable collection of original recordings of jazz and hot dance bands. In addition, he has a substantial hoard of sheet music and other related collectibles, all of it carefully catalogued and stored in his basement! Not surprisin'gly, Mr. Miller is something of an authority on early Canadian bands and the musicians in them. The following day is taken up with a full programme of seminars, presentations, record-playing sessions of vintage 78s, complete with that nostalgic surface noise, plus a vendors' area with reGords and books for sale. All of this takes place at Days Hotel and Conference Centre on Wilson A venue east of Jane. This is not for the faint of heart or the casual listener, but is certainly an intriguing and informative way to spend a day. The Collectors' Congress is Sponsored by Jazz.Oracle, a small independent label specialising in reissues of hot jazz from the early years of the music and, co-incidentally, the early years of recording. By the way one of the co-owners of Jazz Oracle is Colin Bray, familiar to lovers of classic jazz as the bass player in the popular local r'!"""!"!!!'HARKN E TT Musical Services Ltd. MUSIC BOOKS BEST SELECTION OF POPULAR & EDUCATIONAL MUSIC Piano - Guitar - Instrumental Mid-Town Store 416-423-9494 943 Eglinton Ave. E. (W. of Leslie) (Next door to Robert Lowrey's Piano Experts) Main Store 905-477-1141 2650 John Street Uust North of Steeles) group The Hot Five Jazzmakers. If you want to know more about the event - programme details and cost - you can e-mailjazcol@rogers. com. Lots of other activity in town this month, too. On the 7th. at Glenn Gould Stu dio Lee Konitz will be in concert with bassist Steve Wallace and drummer Terry Clarke. Lee is one of the most consistently creative alto saxophone players in jazz. His early career saw him in 1947, at age 20, in the sax section of the Claude Thornhill band. He was in the ninepiece recording group that Miles Davis took into Capitol studios in the late 40s, spent a year with Stan Kenton in the 50s but was most closely associated with pianist Lennie Tristano. In recent years he has spent a lot of time in Europe but is, I think, worthy of much greater recognition at home. Another example of the prophet in his own land. On the same night, Jay McShann, the legendary Kansas City veteran begins a 3-night run at the Montreal Bistrq. Ever since his first appearance more than 30 years ago at the now defunct Bourbon Street club, Jay has been one of this city's most popular visitors. His rolling piano playing and and unique singing style still single him out as one of the music's originals. Two Jazz Vespers concerts this month at Christ Church Deer Park: Russ Little and Friends celebrate on the !Oth and the Guido Basso Trio on the 24th. Jazz.FM91 presents another of their concerts in collaboration with Humber College on the 13th when Ranee Lee will headline an evening with the student ensemble of Don Thompson and Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble, directed by Denny Christianson. Earlier that same day the media launch for this year's Downtown Jazz Festival will take place. That's when the line-up will be announced and the cats jump out of the bag. The dates of this year's jazz feast are June 24 to July 3 and once again the hub of the-event will be Nathan Phillips Square and the Sheraton Downtown Hotel Toronto. Michael Kaeshammer will liven up Living Arts Centre in Mississauga with his boogie-woogie-inspired style of piano playing on the 22nd. Singers are the hot item these days, with lots of new voices on the scene : but we shouldn't (orget those WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM APRIL 1 - MAY 7 2005

who have established themselves over the years, proving themselves lO be no tlash in the pan. One such singer is Fern Lindzon who will be performing her arrangements of standards from Cole Porter to Johnny Mandel as well as her original compositions at the Montreal Bistro on Wednesday, April 27. No matter how good the singer, you need the right musicians to make it happen and Fern took care of that by having Kieran Overs on bass, Ted Quinlan on guitar, and Joel Haynes on drums. · April 21 to 23 - make a note in your diary because the Wee Big Band will be at the Bistro with their acoustic brand of swing. Who knows - clap your hands and you might hear them on a CD because the band is going lO record the proceedings, choose the best and put out another album. It's also time for the annual.Duke Ellington Society Scholarship Funding Concert on the 30th of the month when Martin Loomer and a JO-piece all-star group going under the name of the Stray HORNS, Heather Bambrick on vocals and a tap dancer, David James Cox will celebrate the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. I hope you already have your ticket, because it's sold out! On a different note the same evening at the RCM Quinsin Nachoff on saxophone with John Taylor, piano and Nathalie Bonin, violin will offer an evening of original music blending classical, jazz & rock. As I said, it's a busy month and l 've only mentioned some of the many events out there for your listening pleasure and enlightenment. You might say April showers us with music.· Happy (live) listening. INSIDE THE JAll LISTINGS April may only be the beginning of spring, but this month, there's plenty of great music to help us wait out the last little stretch before summer begins. April 2, Rick Lazar's Samba Squad collaborates with the Mississauga Big Band Ensemble for an afternoon of latin jazz, and (for a different kind of hot) the legendary Tower of Power plays the Markham Theatre (Apr 11). On April Maryem Tollar at Lula Lounge !Oth, York University hosts a special performance by worldfamous jazz vocalist Anita O'Day. In addition to O'Day's performance, several Toronto musicians will participate in a In the. Jazz Listings continues page 64 Featuring some of Toronto's best jazz musicians with a brief reflection by .Jazz Vespers Clergy Sunday, A'Pril 1 Oth - 4:30 p.m. RUSS LITTLE, trombone; TOM SCZCESNIAK, piano; SCOTT ALEXANDER, bass; BRIAN BARLOW, drums. Sunday, April 24 - 4:30 p.m. GUIDO BASSO, trumpet; FRANK FALCO, piano; NEIL SWAINSON, bass; BRIAN BARLOW,drums. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street {north of St. Clair at Heath St.) 416-920-5211 Admission is free. An offering is received to support the work of the church, including Jazz Vespers. Toronto Musicians' Association News BY BRIAN BLAIN KEVIN BREIT is The Toronto Musicians' Association's Musician of the Year. The Award recognizes significant achievement over the previous year by a member of the Association. In 2004, Kevin continued his extraordinary upward arc of national and international success, building on his activities with his own Kevin Breil group The Sisters Euclid (seen every Monday at The Orbit Room) and his work with international artists Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones. Kevin's discography additionally reads as a who's who of Canadian popular music, including Celine Dion, The Guess Who, Marc Jordan, k.d. Jang, and many others. The TMA Musician of the Year Award differs from other awards based on public recognition or record sales in that it is an award presented by the members of the Association to one of their colleagues. The award reads, in part, "In recognition of outstanding artistic excellence during 2004, and in honour of extraordinary dedication·, success on the national and international stage, and support for his fellow musicians." Kevin Breit is an example of the remarkable talent that this country has to offer. acclaimed by his fellow musicians, as well as known to an appreciative public. Former winners of this prestigious award include Rob McConnell, Oscar Peterson, Alex Pauk (Esprit Orchestra), The Barenaked Ladies, Jeff Healey, Jeanne Lamon (Tafelmusik), Rush, and Peter DeSotto (Quartetto Gelato). JUNO Nominations: TMA members dominated the Classical music categories in the JUNO nominations this year: Classical Album, Solo or Chamber: Robert Aitken (New Music Concerts Ensemble) and NEXUS; Classical Album, Large Ensemble: Mario Bernardi (Edmonton Symphony Orchestra) and Jeanne Lamon (Tafelmusik). Tafelmusik also received a nomination for Classical Album, Vocal or Choral for "Cleopatra" with Isabel Bayrakdarian. Jeffrey Ryan received a nomination for Classical Composition of the Year for "Variations On A Memory From Pangaea." In the popular categories, TMA members fared ·very well indeed: Billy Talent. Diana Krall, Sum 41, Loretto Reid, Rob Piltch, Ryan Malcolm, Ian Thornley, Fefe Dobson, Death From Above 1979, Sarah Slean. Peter Prilesnik, Jane Bunnett, Nojo, Hilario Duran Trio. David Braid, Mike Murley, Sonia Collymore, Rita Chiarelli, Downchild, Jimmy Bowskill, King Achilla 0 0rru Apaa-idomo, autorickshaw, Madagascar Slim, Adam Solomon, Track & Field, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, and Oscar Peterson are all in line for awards. TMA Instrument Bank: We have just received two more violins suitable for young musicians, with a promise of more instruments to come. We are very excited and pleased as at present we have three violins and a set of cymbals available for loan, and ask that members, teachers, and any interested members of the public be in touch with Corkie D::ivis at corkie.davis@sympatico.ca to arrange for student loans of instruments. In addition, these and other instruments may need work to bring them into playing condition. If you like to do this kind of repair, and have some hours to offer, please contact Corl

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